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Perkins won’t hold back again

06.05.10 at 8:44 pm ET
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EL SEGUNDO — Kendrick Perkins admitted he let his technical foul trouble hold him back in Game 1 of the NBA finals. But he promises he won’€™t let it happen again.

‘€œLast game in a way I was [holding back],’€ he said prior to practice on Saturday. ‘€œBut this game coming up, I’€™m just going to be myself. We’€™ve got to get this win, so whatever it takes.’€

Perkins entered the NBA finals with six technical fouls, one shy of an automatic one-game suspension. Putting the potential consequence out of his mind is easier said than done. He scaled back his aggressiveness and didn’€™t go as hard on defense as he would have liked.

‘€œJust a few times where I probably would have went in there and mixed it up a little bit, just got tangled up with guys, I didn’t,’€ he said. ‘€œI was like, ‘€˜I can’€™t do it.’€™ Or a time a guy was holding me is a time I might have locked up with him just because. But there are times when you want to get in there and mix it up, go in there and bang a little bit, but you’€™ve just got to pick and choose.’€

After the Lakers dominated the boards and got inside the lane with ease, Perkins knows he has to play differently in Game 2. He looks to find a balance between smart basketball and physical basketball.

Besides, Doc Rivers has made it clear what can happen if Perkins continues to hold back.

‘€œWhat didn’€™t he say?’€ said Perkins. ‘€œHe said everything, that we need to play harder, that this isn’€™t the team that played the last game against Orlando, it’€™s night and day. He said we need to come out and attack or we’€™d be getting sent home early, so we’€™ve got to come out and play hard.’€

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